The USCG has certain size standards that must be met before a vessel may acquire USCG documentation. Vessels must be at least 25 feet in length and 7 feet broad to be registered by the US Coast Guard. There are, however, certain exceptions to this. For example, single-engine powerboats with a length of little more than 26 feet may be recorded if the boat is not intended for use by overnight guests.
USCG size rules do not apply to foreign-registered boats while moored in the United States or sailing in American waters. The USCG does not need any paperwork from some fishing trawlers, diving boats, or passenger vessels used only for leisure reasons, among others. In certain cases, this rule is not applicable. In this blog article, we’ll look at the USCG’s minimum document size standards and the exceptions that may be made. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible to make an informed decision about whether your vessel is eligible for USCG documentation.
Read more about USCG documentation at Maritime Documentation Center.